Child Development Center

ALIVE! Child Development Center is no longer in operation and will not open for enrollment during the 2020-21 School Year. The Center suspended operation in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with anticipation of reopening. An intense review of the program’s operation will determine the future of the ALIVE! CDC as a child development center to serve the preschool age children of Alexandria. We are extremely grateful to the community for supporting the mission of ALIVE! and all the children who have experienced the joy of learning in our classrooms.

About the CDC

The ALIVE! Child Development Center (CDC) is a full-day, year-round nationally accredited early education and child care program for 3 to 5-year old children living in the city of Alexandria. Founded in 1972, ALIVE! Child Development Center’s mission is to provide high-quality, affordable early care and education to children in Alexandria’s low-income and working families. Together with our families, we strive to ensure that each child is well prepared to begin kindergarten.

Educational Programs

ALIVE! CDC is dedicated to providing positive learning experiences for children through active exploration of their world while maintaining a safe, healthy, and appropriate learning environment. ALIVE! CDC is a Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) Center, aligned with Alexandria City Public Schools, for 4-year old children with prekindergarten early learning curriculum based upon the Virginia Early Learning Foundations. Learn more about education


ALIVE! CDC provides tuition assistance on a sliding-fee scale based upon family income and size. Parents and/or guardians must be working at least 30 hours per week or attending educational or job-related training or school to qualify for assistance.  

Enrichment Programs

 ALIVE! CDC offers free health and nutrition screenings, Family Support Program, and many fun activities on a regular basis.


Parents, please find the following documents for your reference:


For more information, contact us or call 703-548-9255.


Friday, February 7Celebration of Our Families' Culture @5:45 pm
Friday, February 14Children's Pink and Red Food- Tasting Celebration
Monday, February 17Presidents' Day (CDC Closed)
Monday, March 2Professional Development Day (CDC Closed to Children)
Thursday, March 5Parent Circle Meeting @ 5:3pm – Kindergarten Readiness
Thursday, April 2Parent Circle Meeting @ 5:30 pm – Gift of Literacy
Tuesday, April 7Spring Picture Day @ 9:30 am
Friday, April 10Children’s Egg Hunt
Monday, April 13Professional Development Day (CDC Closed to children)
Friday, April 17Kindergarten Field Trip (Blue Room Only)
Friday, May 1Smithsonian’s National Zoo Field Trip (Parents too)
Thursday, May 7Parent Circle Meeting @ 5:30 pm – Topic TBA
Monday, May 25Memorial Day (CDC Closed)
Tuesday, June 9Parent-Teacher Conferences - 3:00-5:30 pm
Thursday, June 11Parent-Teacher Conferences - 3:00-5:30 pm
Friday, June 19Pre-K Graduation (CDC Closing @ 3 pm)
Monday, June 26Summer Fun Begins
Friday, July 3Independence Day Holiday (CDC Closed)
Friday, August 28Last Day of School Year: (CDC Closing @ 5:00 pm)
Monday - Friday August 31 - September 4Cleaning & Training Week (CDC Closed)
Monday, September 7Labor Day Holiday (CDC Closed)
Tuesday, September 8 First day of School 2020
Thursday, September 17Back to School Night at 5:30pm (Mandatory for Parents)